I don't think anyone knew exactly what to expect entering Distrikt Nightclub last night for DJ Premier & The Badder Band. The first stop on their inaugural tour, Victoria came ready to party with a legend on a Wednesday night, no matter where he was planning to take us. And goodness gracious, flanked by the four-piece Badder Band, DJ Premier delivered more than any of us could have hoped for.
Victoria's Deejay Anger opened up with the proceedings with an incredible set of hip-hop, flexing his immense musical knowledge and taste, as well as his considerable DJ talent. Legit, I've seen this homie play numerous sets but I don't think I ever realized how great of a scratcher he is. If you like deep bass, slathered with hip-hop, Anger is your man.
The light dropped and out came a dude in a Larry Bird jersey. Now, my dislike for the Celtics runs pretty deep ('Cept for Bill Russell. Guy's a straight G.), so I wasn't super excited, but woowee, the man Brady Watt brought the heat. The bass player for the Badder Band, Watt opened up with a few of his own choice cuts, brought to fantastically bouncy life with his bass and relentless energy. Celtics jersey or no, Watt is making some incredible, massive-sounding beats. Definitely check his stuff out. Watt's was a short set, but he had the crowd jumping and becoming rabid by the time Preemo and the rest of the Badder Band took the stage.
DJ Premier is inarguably one of the GOATs when it comes to production and Djing, a titan of hip-hop culture. And while this show was definitely one for the real heads in the audience, Preemo declared off the top, “This is a celebration of ALL music,” and he was not lying. Preemo & The Badder Band was “So funky, so funky, so funky!” as they put on a musical clinic, taking the audience on a journey through hip-hop. You know you're dealing with men of talent and taste when they lay down just the tiniest bit of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' “I Put A Spell On You” on the end of an all-out hip-hop assault. When the band left the stage Preemo, left to his own devices, dazzled the crowd with some incredible turntable gymnastics, including an amazing bit of ultra-slow scratching that melted my brain a little bit. The show moved at a relentless, breakneck speed with the Premier keeping the audience hyped on the mic the whole time, the band ripping through hip-hop classic after classic, including a fantastically interpreted remix of “Classic (Air Force 1)” and a downright blistering version of the Gangstarr classic “Moment of Truth.” It's pointless to list everything the band played here, because it's goddamned DJ Premier...you know it's going to be chock-full of everything that makes hip-hop great. If you tell me you love hip-hop and tell me you missed DJ Premier and The Badder Band when they passed through your town, I straight up won't believe you.